Giovanni Frangi





Giovanni Frangi was born in Milan on May 12, 1959. In 1982 he graduated from the Brera Academy. 1983 is the year of his first solo show at the La Bussola gallery in Turin. In 1989, Frangi's works were presented for the first time in an international context at the Galerie du Banneret in Bern. This was followed by Barcelona in 1989, New Orleans in 1993, Carmel in 1994, Lausanne in 1995, Hong Kong in 1997, Marseille in 1998, San Francisco in 2000, Los Angeles in 2001, Beijing in 2005, Hanoi in 2007 and Frankfurt in 2008. In 1997 an anthological exhibition at Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano summarizes the work done by Frangi around the dominant theme of the landscape. In the same year wins the prize of the XII Quadrennial and exhibits in the room of the Cenacolo di Montecitorio in Rome the cycle Renzo's escape, the story of a journey in the lagoon. He starts from a port at sunset and arrives in the middle of the night in front of an industrial plant illuminated by the moon. For the first time Frangi is not thinking of single canvases but of a unitary project. This is the beginning of the collaboration with Giovanni Agosti. In 1999 he set up a wood made up of 13 canvases at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan: The call of the forest. The paintings are on the ground supported by iron supports. Theatrical scenes in which the viewer ventures into the changing seasons up to a huge snowy scenery. Unexpectedly, upon exiting, one looks towards the backs of the canvases, the final reversal of a naturalist illusion. Also in 1999, Uncle Vanja di Cecov made his debut at the Venice Biennale under the direction of Federico Tiezzi. The curtain - once again a wood - is by Giovanni Frangi. In 2008 Feltrinelli publishes Giovanni Frangi grappling with nature by Giovanni Agosti who tells the story of Frangi over the last ten years, from Renzo's escape to an exhibition never done at the Serra Grande in the Boboli Gardens. In 2010 he exhibited at the MART in Rovereto Giardini Pubblici a large work inspired by the public gardens of Milan at dusk accompanied by all the preparatory studies carried out before, during and after the painting: drawings, cartoons, photographs, painted photographs, sketches and details exposed as if we were in the future and looking back in time. In 2011 he was invited to participate in the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion and exhibited in Milan at the Diocesan Museum. In 2016, a series of works on paper was presented in September at the Central Institute for Graphics in Rome.